some easy linux questions

how do i start an Xwindow. let's say KDE.
little tip that may help to answer this ?. always i try to open an application, like NETSCAPE for Linux. a 'Can't open Display' message occurs. Why?
I know everything in Linux is stored in files, so in what directory are my cd-rom. floppy disk, -i mean my DRIVES-

Thanks.
the one who answers correctly all the questions will get the points.
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pablocastaAuthor Commented:
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tq3407Commented:
Hmm I assume that you can launch your KDE environment OK but when you select your app this occurs.  Does this happen on all of the apps or just Netscape?
As far as the other question when you mount on a floppy,CDROM,etc these usually mount onto folders found in the /mnt directory.  ex when you mount onto a CDROM the contents should be in this folder /mnt/cdrom.
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comlab4Commented:
to start kde, type kdm at the prompt
it seems to me that u are running netscape at the command line, is it?
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bughead1Commented:
You cannot run gui applications like netscape without first having X windows configured, and a window manager such as KDE installed.  So we will assume you have done the necessary steps to ensure that these things have been done.

The most common method to start Xwindows from the command line is to type "startx" and hit enter.

If that doesn't take you to a gui, you need to configure X. Probably the most universally available menthod is to log in as root and run "xf86config" -- RedHat offers "Xconfigurator" and there's always "XF86Setup"  If you are running RedHat, try Xconfigurator first -- if that doesn't work, or if you are running something else, use xf86config.

Once you have done that, type "startx" and if you get the gui, you should be in good shape to begin running those apps.
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zhangjingCommented:
Bughead1 is right. I use Red Hat Linux 6.1, just login as "root", simply type "startx" at prompt, you will get xWindows run, after it run, you can switch between kde and gnoum. For CDROM mount, my experience is you just need to insert a CDROM into the driver, in GUI, it will be automatically mounted. In text mode, you need to type "mount /dev/cdrom" to mount it, then do "cd /dev/cdrom" to see the files on CDROM. Hope this help.
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pablocastaAuthor Commented:
well, first thanks everybody for trying to help me with this dilema.
yeh. i'm trying to run netscape at the command line. I know that i must first configure the XWindnow manager (KDE) and then run the application.
what i was just asking is hwo do i configure KDE. -answered by bughead1

Question related to CD-roms, etc. already answered by tg3407 and zhangjing.

Everybody made a contribution to answer my questions. so... who do i give the points? 30 valueable points..

The most complete answers (for me) were those of bughead1 and zhangjing. I believe zhangjing was more accurate in telling me what i was expecting, so i'll give him/her the points.

Thanks everybody for trying to help this newbie.
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pablocastaAuthor Commented:
well, first thanks everybody for trying to help me with this dilema.
yeh. i'm trying to run netscape at the command line. I know that i must first configure the XWindnow manager (KDE) and then run the application.
what i was just asking is hwo do i configure KDE. -answered by bughead1

Question related to CD-roms, etc. already answered by tg3407 and zhangjing.

Everybody made a contribution to answer my questions. so... who do i give the points? 30 valueable points..

The most complete answers (for me) were those of bughead1 and zhangjing. I believe zhangjing was more accurate in telling me what i was expecting, so i'll give him/her the points.

Thanks everybody for trying to help this newbie.
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bughead1Commented:
Works for me...I'm not sure what the points are used for anyway! (I never looked)
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zhangjingCommented:
Hope to be your friend. Thank you all too!
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